SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Netflix will expand into Germany, France and four other European countries later this year as the Internet video service tries to build an international following that might eventually surpass its U.S. audience.
The additional markets announced Wednesday will extend Netflix's reach into nearly 50 countries, including 13 in Europe. Besides Germany and France, the latest countries on Netflix's list are Switzerland, Austria, Belgium and Luxembourg. The Los Gatos, California, company entered Europe in 2012 when its Internet video service debuted in the U.K. and Ireland.
Earlier this year, Netflix Inc. disclosed its plans to sell its service in more European countries without identifying where they would be.
The company still isn't saying which month its service will be available in the new markets or how much it will cost. Netflix recently raised its Internet streaming prices for new customers by about $1 per month around the world. With the increase, Netflix charges $9 per month for unlimited video streaming in the U.S. The company froze rates at $8 per month for two years for subscribers before the May 9 increase.